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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Current State #107 | June 13, 2013

Today on Current State: Congressman Tim Walberg; Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger; the classical music festival season and Lansing's Juneteenth celebration.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:09 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Congressman Tim Walberg weighs in on NSA leaks, immigration

Congressman Tim Walberg says that he does agree with the idea of criminal action against reporters who knowingly publish classified information.
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Recently, the nation has become focused on a series of scandals emanating from Washington, D.C.  Edward Snowden, an analyst with the National Security Agency, publicly disclosed details of a secret telephone data mining program.  That disclosure came shortly after news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted and allegedly harassed Tea Party groups.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

House Speaker Jase Bolger talks Medicaid expansion, gay rights and political future

House Speaker Jase Bolger says he supports the recent Medicaid expansion, and that the measure puts more control in the hands of citizens in terms of managing their healthcare.
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A Michigan House committee has approved a much debated proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state.   Expansion of the federal program enjoys some bipartisan support, but the measure was delayed by some House Republicans who wanted stricter guidelines.  Some were also reluctant to approve the expansion because of its connection to the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Lansing's Juneteenth celebration remembers emancipation

Among the activities scheduled for this weekend's Juneteenth celebration are a health fair, and a "hip-hop explosion," and a tribute to commemorate Negro League Baseball.
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 Today, Lansing kicks off the opening events of the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration, which is a three-day festival celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery. The holiday has been officially recognized in the state since 2005 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared the third Saturday in June to be "Juneteenth National Freedom Day."

Cheryl Benjamin, board member of the Lansing Juneteenth Committee, joins Current State to explain the holiday's origins and what the next three days have to offer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

The classical music festival season in Michigan and beyond

Of the multiple features of this year's Midwestern classical music season, one is the 20th anniversary of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival - which will celebrate with over 20 concerts throughout downtown Detroit.
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The start of summer signals the time for music festivals to spring up all across the Great Lakes region. WKAR’s Jody Knol, Mark Schwitzgoebel and Peter Whorf preview and highlight the 2013 summer classical music festival season throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

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